You can run, but you can’t hide

  At a media briefing in parliament last month, Public Works Minister Thulas Nxesi sent a stern warning to corrupt individuals: “You can run, but you can’t hide. If you steal from the poor, we are coming to get you.”   This week, Nxesi flexed his muscles by axing the first official in his department, Read more >

Unpacking SA’s education crisis – part five

In this, the fifth of our six-part series on the unfolding education crisis, we profile EduSolutions, its directors and those of its holding company. We examine the company’s historical relationship with public procurement, the current contracts that it has with various tiers of government, and the relationships its key directors have with leading public officials. Read more >

African Access staff and their government links

Shaun Battleman, CEO of Access Solution and founder of EduSolutions, has described himself as an activist, teacher and entrepreneur. He is now the head of a multibillion-rand empire that ranges from supplying educational textbooks and material to travel, property development, events management, travel and tourism, and earthworks.   After a brief stint starting in 2000 Read more >

Cosatu members sign pledge

  About 200 union members took a firm stand against corruption by signing Corruption Watch’s pledge during Cosatu’s 11th National Congress, held at Gallagher Estate last week.   The four-day conference, which ran from 17 to 20 September, was attended by 3 000 Cosatu members and attracted trade union representatives from neighbouring countries such as Read more >

Thousands of reports logged since launch

  As Corruption Watch heads into the final few months of the year, we thought we’d share with you some insights and information to give you a better idea of how we work and what reporting trends were picking up. The organisation functions by encouraging the public to report experiences of corruption directly through an Read more >

Corruption Watch gets results

By Lorraine Louw Three days after launch, on 29 January, an anonymous whistleblower from the North West Education Department sent a tip off, rife with allegations of corruption and nepotism. Corruption Watch followed up the story and sent the information to The Sowetan newspaper, which also investigated. Read the article here. We can now report Read more >

Getting paid in jail

The former mayor of Rustenburg, Matthew Wolmarans, may not find his prison cell as warm as his last office, but he is still bringing in a monthly salary of R35 000, according to the current mayor, Mpho Khunou. Wolmarans and his driver, Enoch Matshaba, were sent to jail in July for the murder of councillor Read more >

Expert calls on gvt for independent graft-busting unit

Steven Powell, the head of forensics at law firm Edward Nathan Sonnenbergs, calls on government to show genuine political will for tackling corruption in South Africa by setting up an independent graft-fighting unit. The following was shared in his presentation at the recent Helen Suzman Foundation’s roundtable discussion on corruption: One of the key structural Read more >

Union leaders perceived as corrupt

A third of union members allege there is corruption in their unions, but fewer than one in seven could ascertain that they had personally experienced it, according to a Congress Workers’ Survey released at the 11th Cosatu National Congress held at Gallagher Estate, Midrand on Monday.     The survey was conducted with 753 non-union Read more >